CHICAGO – The University of Chicago wrestling team built up a solid lead as the night progressed, then received a key win late to hold off Wheaton College 21-18 on Wednesday.
The No. 23-ranked Maroons improved to 7-2. The No. 25-ranked Thunder evened their record at 4-4.
Wheaton took the early lead 6-0 after receiving a forfeit at 125 pounds. UChicago then took over the proceedings by reeling off five wins in-a-row. The hosts frequently secured the opening take downs early in the first periods, rode well on top to build up several minutes of riding time and then finished strong late in the third periods to secure bonus points for the team.
Junior Louis Demarco kicked off the run with a dominating 10-2 major decision at 133 pounds. First-year Alec Gleason then put UChicago ahead for good with a 15-8 decision at 141. Fellow first-year Chaise Hauck was also victorious at 149, winning 8-2.
Wheaton mounted its comeback with a decision and a pin in the next two matches to draw close at 18-15 with two matches remaining. The pressure fell to Jason Lynch at 197 pounds, and the junior delivered with a 5-3 victory. The Thunder finished the evening with a 3-2 win at heavyweight, but UChicago clinched the team victory 21-18.
"It is always good to beat a ranked team – we are stretched kind of thin right now, but we still matched up well against them," said Head Coach Leo Kocher. "Winning six of 10 matches was a good effort. We have four duals left and no doubt there will be more shifting in the lineup as well as individual improvements. I just want our guys to keep answering the bell."
UChicago 21, Wheaton 18
125 – Carlos Fuentez (WC) won via forfeit
133 – Louis Demarco (UC) def. Josiah Fitzjerrels (WC), 10-2 major decision
141 – Alec Gleason (UC) def. Cameron Calabrese (WC), 15-8 decision
149 – Chaise Hauck (UC) def. Yosep Lee (WC), 8-2 decision
157 – Steve Bonsall (UC) def. Jonavan Huggins (WC), 10-2 major decision
165 – Kahlan Lee-Lermer (UC) def. Hunter Harrison (WC), 10-2 major decision
174 – Caleb Odell (WC) def. Matt Shoub (UC), 8-4 decision
184 – Isaac Odell (WC) def. Nick Ferraro (UC), Fall (2:59)
197 – Jason Lynch (UC) def. Tim Blickle (WC), 5-3 decision
285 – Grant Miller (WC) def. Patrick Mulkerin (UC), 3-2 decision
- Saturday, Jan. 13 @ 9:00 AM – UChicago at Elmhurst College Invitational